Man dies while swimming in quarry [UPDATED]

Man dies while swimming in quarry [UPDATED]

ASHLAND, Ore. - A man died Monday afternoon at a remote swimming area north of Howard Prairie Lake. On June 17, 2019, at 4:10 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a juvenile had been found unresponsive in the water at the Keno Rock Quarry, located on Keno Access Road just south of Dead Indian Memorial Road.

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JCSO Seeks Help in Finding Additional Sexual Abuse Victims of Robert Ernst

JCSO Seeks Help in Finding Additional Sexual Abuse Victims of Robert Ernst

Jackson County, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives believe a man investigated on child luring and abuse charges in Texas and in Jackson County may have more victims.  Robert Bernard Ernst, 38, formerly of Medford, has been in federal custody in Texas since the spring of 2018 after an arrest for enticement of a minor for indecent purposes.  

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JCSO: Use Common Sense with Technology

JCSO: Use Common Sense with Technology

Jackson County, Ore. – With the seasonal closure of many mountain roads comes a reminder to travelers:  don’t forget to use common sense when using driving directions from GPS or cell phone map apps!  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) deputies have already responded to calls involving people who followed directions provided by their phone’s mapping system – and ended up stranded on closed or unmaintained roads.

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Mail Thieves Arrested with Help from Resident’s GPS

Mail Thieves Arrested with Help from Resident’s GPS

Because of mail thefts that had occurred in the area, a Keno resident decided to install a GPS tracking device in a decoy package, and then left the package in a mailbox to see what would happen.

On Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at about 11:00 pm, the resident contacted Klamath 911 and advised dispatchers that the GPS-armed decoy package had been taken and was transmitting its whereabouts as it traveled towards Klamath Falls. Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was subsequently confirmed to be in possession of the stolen package.

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SAR Offers Tips for Snow Safety

SAR Offers Tips for Snow Safety

ASHLAND, Ore. – As the winter recreation season begins, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials are sharing tips to stay safe in the snow.  SAR personnel are gearing up to help when needed, but they urge people to do their part to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place.

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Couple Survives After Canoe Capsizes on Fish Lake

Couple Survives After Canoe Capsizes on Fish Lake

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. - Life jackets and a Good Samaritan saved the lives of a local couple whose canoe capsized on Fish Lake Thursday. JCSO marine patrol deputies and volunteers from Rocky Point Fire responded just after noon. 

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SAR: Mt. McLaughlin Hikers Should Plan Ahead

SAR: Mt. McLaughlin Hikers Should Plan Ahead

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Following two rescue missions on Mt. McLoughlin in the last week, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue (SAR) officials are offering safety reminders to hikers.  The change of seasons means unpredictable weather, colder nights, and an earlier sunset.  Hikers who have planned ahead and have adequate supplies are more likely to have a safe outcome.  

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Autopsy Confirms Man Died in Central Point Fire

Autopsy Confirms Man Died in Central Point Fire

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. - The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man whose body was found near the Bear Creek Greenway following the Peninger Fire.  An autopsy Friday confirmed he died as a result of Tuesday's fire. 

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Wildfire Update: Peninger Fire - Body Found in Fire Perimeter

Wildfire Update: Peninger Fire - Body Found in Fire Perimeter

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are conducting a death investigation in an area burned in Tuesday’s Peninger Fire.  Investigators have not yet concluded whether the person died before or during the fire.

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Deputies Warn of Fake Website

Deputies Warn of Fake Website

Deputies are warning online consumers to beware of a business that claims to be located in Medford. On December 28, 2017, a woman from Ohio called the Jackson County Sheriff's Office to report a potential scam involving an online company located at 3491 South Pacific Highway. The caller was about to wire money to "KSD Trailers LLC" to purchase a horse trailer; but, her bank warned her the funds were destined for an account in Spain. Upon further investigation, the woman realized the business was likely a fraud. 

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Deputies Arrest Hit-and-Run Driver from Klamath Falls

Deputies Arrest Hit-and-Run Driver from Klamath Falls

A driver who fled from a crash that left two children injured is now in custody. On Monday, deputies arrested Rowdy Winterhawk Decker, 37, of Klamath Falls, on multiple charges including the felony crimes of second degree assault, third degree assault, and failure to perform the duties of a driver when persons are injured ("hit and run"). 

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UPDTE: Callahan's Lodge / I-5 Incident

UPDTE: Callahan's Lodge / I-5 Incident

ASHLAND – Investigators have identified the suspect in Saturday’s homicide at Callahan’s Lodge as Neal Brian Norman, 50, of Pacific Grove, Calif. Norman had no prior contacts with law enforcement in Jackson County. Detectives believe Norman was driving his white 1999 Honda Accord with California license plates to Oregon to visit a relative, but he ran out of gas near Callahan’s Lodge.

Investigators learned that Norman initially went into the lobby to use the phone, and then returned to his vehicle. He came back into the lodge with a rifle and went into the kitchen, where he shot and killed the cook, Ryan Paul Bagley, 40, of Ashland. Norman left the lodge parking lot in Bagley’s vehicle, a maroon 1993 Subaru Legacy wagon.

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